One of Australia’s major forestry, farming and mining regions, the ‘Green Triangle’ is undergoing major change, with three vital freight routes being upgraded throughout 2018−19.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael McCormack, said extensive works completed in the area – spanning the southern border area between South Australia and Victoria – included upgrading 2kms of the Portland Ring Road, the Portland Ring Road intersection at Madeira Packet Road and approximately 13km of the Henty Highway.
“The volume of work being undertaken on these roads is unprecedented and a real win for the community as it will ensure these vital routes are safer and more reliable for many years to come,” Mr McCormack said.
Multiple roads have also been resurfaced, including approximately 30km of roadway between Portland and the South Australian border, the Henty Highway/Princes Highway intersection near Portland and 9kms between Heywood and Hamilton.
Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, said the freight industry would also reap the benefits of these works.
“We’re fixing the roads our primary producers rely on every day to get their goods to market as quickly and safely as possible – and that’s good news for local jobs and business,” Mr Donnellan said.
The upgrades included a final seal which was placed on about 32km of previously rebuilt roadway between Casterton and Drumborg.
Federal Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, said even more upgrades would follow this 2018−19 construction season.
“This season about 28kmof the Henty Highway will be resurfaced between Portland and Hamilton, which will include rebuilding a one-kilometre section of the highway near Myamyn,” Mr Tehan said.
State Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney, said upgrading these deteriorating roads will deliver an improved journey for local and tourist traffic.
“We’re delivering these vital improvement works to better connect our communities, make our roads more reliable and grow jobs and business in the south west,” Ms Tierney said.
Works to improve about 15km of Portland-Casterton Road will start in late 2018, with about 4km of road rebuilding works also taking place between Merino and Casterton.
A final seal will also be laid on about 24km of the Portland-Nelson Road between Portland and the South Australian border with just over one kilometre of the road being rebuilt near Nelson.
The Australian and Victorian Governments have invested $20 million each in the $40 million project over four years to upgrade the Henty Highway, Portland-Casterton Road and Portland-Nelson Road – the key arterial roads that serve the Port of Portland.